Northwest Region Championships - Meet Summary May 24, 2009

It looks like that only Mother Nature getting upset could possibly stand in the away of the Albemarle boys taking the Group AAA state meet record of 7:42 after the impressive showing by the quartet in the 800 meter run at the Northwest Region Championships. All four legs of the relay which set a US high school national record in the 4x800 meter relay last month at the Penn Relays, competed in the 800 meter run on Friday at UVA's Lannigan Field and simply ran through the entire Northwest Region taking the first four places with junior Anthony Kostelac as the winner in a 1:52.40 state best followed by teammates Zachary Vrohvac (2nd, 1:54.63), Garrett Bradley (3rd, 1:55.25), and Luke Noble (4th, 1:55.82). Kostelac and Vrhovac also teamed up to take the top two spots in the 1600 meter earlier in a more strategic sit and kick race.   While Albemarle has a 4x800 of stars, Potomac Senior has one individual in Yvonne Amegashie who simply took over the regional championship in a successful competition of difficult triple with wins in the 100 meter dash (12.34), 300 meter hurdles (43.54), and 200 meter dash (24.84).   David Verburg of E.C. Glass nearly pulled off a challenging triple of regional titles, but was denied in the 200 meter dash by 300 meter hurdles winner Damien Thigpen of Stonewall Jackson (21.31) as Verburg was runner-up at 21.59. A solid time for a tired Verburg after breaking the regional meet record in the 400 meter dash in 47.82 and beginning the meet with a regional title in the 100 meter dash (10.80). Thipgen took the 300 meter hurdles title once again in a time of 37.03.   After his winning 4x800 meter relay was disqualified earlier in the day for running a leg not listed in the meet roster, Mountain View senior Thomas Porter made sure to leave his name in the Northwest Region record books by winning the 3200 meter run in a time of 9:14.49 to break his own meet record and win the outdoor 3200 regional title for a third consecutive year. Porter was a runner-up in the event as a freshmen. Read full meet summary... Northwest Region Championships - Complete Results